In this image released by HBO, Lena Headey appears in a scene from "Game of Thrones".
"Game of Thrones" led Emmy contenders with 23 nominations overall, including nods for best drama series, two for best supporting actor and three for best supporting actress. The hit show, based on the fantasy novels series A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin, won for outstanding drama series at last year's Emmy Awards.
The topic of race figured heavily in the limited series category - formerly known as "outstanding miniseries" - with "The People v. O.J. Simpson" matched up with historical saga "Roots" and ABC s "American Crime".
Actors Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announced the nominees for the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards from the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood on Thursday. With an astonishing 94 nominations, HBO is the most nominated network.
The most star-studded category was perhaps lead actor in a limited series or TV movie which included six-time Emmy victor Bryan Cranston, who has received rave reviews for anchoring HBO s Lyndon B. Johnson biopic "All the Way".
For the best lead actress in a drama: Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Tatiana Maslany, Keri Russell, and Robin Wright.
But snapping closely at its heels on 22 nominations is Ryan Murphy's acclaimed crime mini-series The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.
That category also saw nominations for Idris Elba for Luther, Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock and Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager.
Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mr. Robot, and The Americans are nominated for outstanding drama series.
The awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on September 18th.